Fudge-a-Mania is a 1990 children's novel by Judy Blume and the third in the "Fudge" series (fourth if Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is counted as part of the series.)
The Hatcher and the Tubman families decide to spend their summer vacation together in Maine
, not next door to each other, but in the same house, much to the disgust of Peter Hatcher and his arch-rival Sheila Tubman. Sheila and Peter are related at the end of the story because their grandparents marry each other. Fudge no longer plans to be a bird when he grows up, but instead a bird breeder
, or as he misprounounces it, "bird breather", to which Sheila immediately corrects him by saying he cannot breathe for birds. Other subplots include baby Tootsie accidentally helping Mr. Fargo's art business when she walks across his work and Fudge being chosen as a team captain in a baseball game sponsored by a retired player of the Boston Red Sox
, much to Peter's dismay. Fudge also plans to get "married" to Sheila.
Peter develops a crush on a librarian called Isobel. There is also a slight romance hinted at between him and Sheila, although at the end of the book, Peter and Sheila agree that they will always hate each other.
A television movie
based on the book was released on January 7
in the USA
, starring Florence Henderson
, Eve Plumb
, Shirley Knight
, Alex Karras
, Luke Tarsitano
, and Darren McGavin
. It was directed by Bob Clark
. The show also inspired a half-hour Saturday morning TV series, Fudge
, which aired from January 1995 to fall 1996 on ABC-TV
, and during the fall of 1996 on CBS-TV
. The show featured stories taken from the Fudge series of books (mainly Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
), as well as original stories.
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great